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Old art meets the new world: Le Louvre à Québec exhibition

275 works on loan from the Louvre are now on display at the Musée

Photo: Scott French

The Musée national des beaux arts du Québec is serving up a taste of the Louvre’s art feast in Paris.

The Musée has taken an eclectic sampling of the Louvre’s expansive collection and serves a delectable amuse bouche of 275 works spanning 5,000 years. The exhibition is fresh, light, and satisfying; it won’t leave visitors feeling over-stuffed and ready for bed.

The Kite Runner provokes reflection

Every now and then one comes across a book that moves you to talk and even to write about it. I finally read The Kite Runner while on vacation last week: I loved it. Laced with pathos and irony this first work by physician-author Khaled Hosseini reminded me of an old favourite: Marcel Pagnol’s L’Eau des collines, once or twice put to screen as Jean de Fleurette and Manon des Sources.

QC’s centenarians celebrated


In celebration of Quebec’s 400th anniversary, the United Way’s 9th annual Gala Reconnaissance des AS especially wished to recognize the efforts of local centenarians who have helped shape the city.

Memorials and Things of Fame


The Morning Chronicle

Pedalling through Old QC

Trailblazing pedicab operator Tours Ludovica is taking visitors for a ride.

Fortunately, this exciting new way to see the sites is easy on the pocketbook and the environment.

When I met Tours Ludovica owner-operator Gilbert Garcia, he was rolling up in one of his signature rides.

Haller gets NMA nod

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Congratulations to Aurian Haller (pictured), winner of the 2008 National Magazine Award for Best Poem. Haller’s long work Song of the Taxidermist, which appeared in the literary journal Malahat Review, was chosen by the judges as the finest piece of verse to have been published in a Canadian magazine in 2007.

Visionaries Garden illuminates

Photo: Scott French

The spectacularly light Visionaries Garden at the Musée de Civilization is now open to the public.

Two solitudes working together in harmony

Photo: Dan Parker

O’FARREL, Stella Boyd 1916-2008


INGALLS, Laura Mary (nee Larsen)

NOËl, Linda – 1962-2008



USS Mesa Verde [photos, video]

Port of Quebec Rondez vous Naval

From Michigan, Private First Class Paul Markham, US Navy



Rendez-vous Naval comes in big for Port of Quebec event


Photo: Pierre Little

The $2-billion American ship, the Mesa Verde, pictured above, was part of this year’s Rendez-vous Naval in Quebec City’s port. Seven ships from five different countries participated in the event, three ships from Canada alone. The French, Irish and English navies also had ships on hand. Over 120,000 spectators saw the ships off on Sunday.


Official Languages Commissioner blasts PM in report

Official Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser tabled his yearly report last Thursday in the House of Commons. Fraser blasted the Harper government’s failure to devise a follow-up to the Action Plan for Official Languages, which expired in March. Fraser was also critical of the use of official languages in some federal institutions.

A soldier’s homecoming - Soldiers decompress in Cyprus

One week before he came home to Canada, Captain Blair McNaught of the 3rd Battalion Vandoos regiment was still fulfilling his role as the “eyes and ears” of the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan. Since May 19, the last group of the fourth rotation soldiers based in Valcartier returned with the rotation’s commander, Brigadier-General Guy Laroche.

QC students win LG’s award

Photo: courtesy of CQSB

Stopping homelessness before it starts

Dial 2-1-1 for new referral service

A new, free referral service is now offered in Quebec City. 211 will help residents get information about community and government organizations and services in the Capitale-Nationale and Chaudière-Appalaches regions. By dialling 2-1-1, residents will be put in touch with bilingual operators ready to answer questions about everything from large garbage collection to church service hours.

Grand Rire: What a laugh

Last year I went to the Festival de Grand Rire, L’Anglo Fun at the Theatre Imperial.

It was a great night and after the show, as I went outside, there was a stand with people selling DVDs of last year’s shows.

Initiatives of Change builds bridges between “solitudes”





The Morning Chronicle

Europe Day Celebrated at Quebec High School

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Photo: courtesy of CQSB

One activity, among all the celebrations that are taking place for Québec city’s 400th anniversary, is the celebration of Europe Day. On this occasion, representatives of member countries of the European Union gathered in Quebec City last month.

SLC Honours its Athletes

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Photo: Christian Brosseau

Cegep Champlain-St. Lawrence held its annual sports banquet last month. Athletes were honoured for their athletic talents as well as their academic performance.

The 2008 athlete of the year award was presented to Kathleen Keller.

Gaelic football hits the Plains

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Photo: Jaclyn Denunzio

Add Gaelic football to the list of successful Irish exports to Quebec. Interest in the popular field sport is growing in the city, thanks to the efforts of local enthusiasts. I caught the action as three teams of Gaelic footballers met this weekend to mark the 400th.

École de Cirque promises amazing performances

Photo: Scott French

As if sprung from the pages of a fairy tale, two scores of circus performers were found under the big top at the Domaine Maizeret park in Limoilou this past weekend. The École de Cirque de Québec celebrated the end of the circus school year with Vauvert, a show bursting with energy, beauty, and laughter bordering on hysteria.

Howe goes solo

Legendary Yes guitarist Steve Howe is taking a break from playing arenas with the mighty Yes to play a solo show in Quebec City at Le Théatre Du Petit Champlain, 68 Rue du Petit Champlain, on September 29 and 30, starting at 8 p.m.

Novel stretches from Quebec to Africa


The African country of Burundi is the starting point for Mary Soderstrom’s deeply psychological and suspenseful new novel, The Violets of Usambara. Beyond the story of Burundi’s civil unrest is a tale of personal reckoning for the Brossards, a Québécois couple looking back on their lives.

St. Vincent’s seeks new place to play

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St. Vincent’s seeks new place to play

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Photo: Shirley Picknell

For most schoolchildren, swinging, sliding and see-sawing trump reading, writing and arithmetic. While administrators, governing board members and parents at St. Vincent Elementary school may not entirely agree, they think the kids’ free play is pretty important too. The school is organizing fundraising efforts toward expanding the playground at the back of the school.

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